When I made the decision to purchase a linnstrument I knew I'd have challenges before me. First arranging the money, then coping with the wait (it will be close to two weeks from decision till delivery. Setting up my studio to accommodate the linnstrument and still having access to all the other physical objects required. I've decided to make the most of this waiting period by practicing concepts before it arrives, printing out an image and securing the image to a sturdy folding table.
Now for the challenges
Not only that.the lowest note is... F# So as soon as the linnstrument arrives I'm transposing it to C. There are numerous reasons for this. Including when instruments are sampled they rarely are to the full range of the instrument. Rather plugin makers often sample a few (or sometimes only one) keys and then shelf the octaves above and below. Each octave downward gets continually grainy sounding due to the artificial transposition of the note. The breaking point is always...C As well If you have spent much time transcribing piano C is usually the lowest note played on the piano for a song.
Which introduces a new challenge... I should have printed out a mock up of the linnstrument with the proper tuning I'll be using. It would have made the transition from mock up to usage easier.
Here's where things get interesting. There are no "How to play the linnstrument books or videos or online lessons. I'll be the first. For us linnstrumentalists on the bleeding edge of a new frontier. We are left with watching videos to try and grasp at concepts or to our own devices. A simple example... Scales. With one hand you can play 4 finger scales, three finger scales, and two finger scales ...oh yeah you can also play five finger(thumb) scales. That's one hand... You can also play all the above mentioned with the other. With two hands combined you can also play scales. I did some demos of playing 1+2 and 2+2 approaches for the ztar here -
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Here's another interesting facet about playing the linnstrument. Each one hand primary (three notes only) chord has three different shapes. Three for major, three for minor and three for diminished. Once you master those three "Shapes" you can transpose them to anything. Which is fine but as you expand your chords more options become available as to what finger does what.
A Linnstrument can play up to three notes per string simultaneously.
I as a musician am not a natural. People often compliment me for my graceful performances as if they are too magical to be anything but natural. Even the gift of self discipline isn't a gift. I have to work to make it a reality.